Fast Facts

The College of Medicine at Rockford has created an environment that provides remarkable learning opportunities backed by a commitment to continuous development.
Our campus provides:

  • Outstanding medical training
  • Unparalleled clinical experience
  • An outstanding residency in family medicine
  • A leading role in rural medicine
  • Diverse, committed faculty members
  • Strong ties to the community
  • Remarkable opportunities for research
  • James Scholar Program

Outstanding medical training

Currently, after completing their first year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, students enter the MD program at Rockford for intensive academic and clinical training. Beginning in 2017, students will complete all four years on our campus. Our program has trained more than 1,700 physicians, with more than 300 Rockford graduates currently practicing in Illinois.

Unparalleled clinical experience

The College of Medicine at Rockford offers the most extensive longitudinal ambulatory experience of any medical school in the country. Starting in the M2 year, our students are assigned to clinics for intensive, hands-on clerkships, where they work closely with patients in a clinical setting.

An outstanding residency in family medicine

Our Family Medicine Residency Program is the only post-graduate training program in Northern Illinois. Taught by talented faculty from different specialties, residents engage in their core rotations at Swedish American Hospital, which was recently named a Top 100 hospital in the country.

A leading role in rural medicine

Through the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) the College of Medicine works to improve healthcare in rural communities through education, evaluation and research. Students in our Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program are exposed to a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares them to meet the needs of this underserved population.

Diverse, committed faculty members

Our faculty numbers more than 750 members, including 60 full-time appointments in specialties ranging from biomedical sciences to surgery to pediatrics. Most of our faculty are community physicians in private group practices.

Strong ties to the community

The Rockford community offers a wonderful place to live, learn and practice medicine. We maintain strong ties to the community through our relationships with local affiliate hospitals and organizations, and many of our students and faculty become actively engaged in local projects.

Remarkable opportunities for research

Students frequently join the research teams headed by faculty in our eight academic programs, which have produced pioneering breakthroughs in the medical industry. Using the advanced resources of Health Systems Research, students, faculty, healthcare providers and other members of the community have access to excellent tools for research support.

James Scholar Program

Through the James Scholar Program, highly qualified students individualize their medical training by pursuing independent research projects that fulfill their unique talents and interests. James Scholars must meet stringent entrance requirements. They enjoy special benefits, including priority in scheduling, a budget for research expenses, travel awards, special seminars and a partnership with a faculty research mentor.

Economic Impact

The UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford, home to the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, is proud to report a $58.2 million economic impact to the Rockford Metropolitan Service Area (MSA), which includes Winnebago, Stephenson, Boone, Ogle counties, in fiscal year 2015. This is equivalent to supporting 898 jobs. This $58.2 million impact comes from $30.7 million in campus expenditures, $25 million in alumni and volunteer spending and $2.5 million impact of student and visitor spending.

“We are extremely proud of the education, research and community activities that define the campus and are delighted to see that this translates into a meaningful fiscal impact for our region,” said Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE, regional dean, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.

The report, provided by Emsi, a leading provider of economic impact studies to educational institutions, showed that for every $1 spent by students at the UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford, they will gain $12.10 in lifetime earnings. The internal rate of return is calculated at 34.3%, a very impressive number. Taxpayers received $18.60 in added taxes and public sector savings per dollar spent. The society as a whole received $12.60 per dollar spent in added state revenue and social savings.

In addition to the $58.2 million economic impact, there will be capital projects at the UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford. These capital projects will generate an estimated $10 million in capital spending for construction and renovation from 2014 to 2024. This spending will create an additional impact of $7.9 million in added income between 2014 and 2035 – equivalent to 128 jobs.

$2.2 Million Approximate Annual Impact of First Year Medical Students (M1s) – Beginning in 2017

In the fall of 2017, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford (UI-COMR) will expand to provide all four years of medical education in Rockford (the first year, M1, was traditionally completed in Urbana). In preparation, the college is transforming the curriculum, recruiting new faculty and staff, and renovating facilities. The impact of the M1 capital project spending from 2016 – 2035 will result in added income $33.9 million – equivalent to creating 475 new jobs.

Overall Economic Impact of the UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford
Economic Value of the UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford – Exec Summary
Economic Value of the UIC Health Sciences Campus Rockford
Economic Impact of the M1 Expansion Project
Analysis of the Return on Investment – Main Report
Capital impact – Main Report